Housed in Gdańsk’s medieval Foregate building (once home to the Prison Tower and Torture Chamber), this multi-story exhibit delves extensively into the history of Baltic amber. The impressive collection of “inclusions” (when bugs or plants are caught inside the amber) is intriguing to look at, and the many amber creations, from inkwells to spoons to a stunning Fender Stratocaster guitar, shows the material’s diversity. A large open room at the top of the building houses an impressive array of modern amber jewellery that appears more artistic than wearable.

Many find the separate exhibits on the building’s past as a torture chamber uncomfortable – and considering the piped-in soundtrack of pained cries, we understand why – but they are a must-see, if for no other reason to find out what “thumb screwing” and a “heretic’s fork” are. Many of the exhibit rooms throughout the ancient building are small and cramped, and if you happen to visit on the same day as a school group it’s a nightmare.

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Marj Bay (2 months ago)
Visited last year. Great exposition, nice views from the top. I think the women who were watching the exibition were looking forward to see us gone and themselves go home.
Jacopo Martines (3 months ago)
Quite nice museum - the collection is bigger than I thought, it tells everything about Baltic Amber: its natural origins, and how its trade made Danzig develop into an important city. It presents everything from jewellery from different centuries, stones that contains fossil remains of bugs' bits and even whole bodies.
Elżbieta Lasota (3 months ago)
A very nice museum filled with various ambers. It's quite small but worth to visit. Although, it's not worthy to pay for climbing viewing platform, better visit basilica.
Kat (5 months ago)
Some beautiful pieces. Very nice museum however not everything has been translated to English.
Carsten Lemmen (6 months ago)
Small and rich in diverse amber stones, jewellery and art. Some exhibitions with English caption, but individual items only in Polish language. Bring your Google translate! We needed 1 hour for the exhibition in the old gate and prison, had to wait 20 mins in the shade, some stairs need to be climbed!
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